Fed program to aid health care climate resiliency

Jeff Ferenc
January 22, 2015
Health Facilities Management
 
Flood walls protect Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., during flooding in the area.
 
Health & Human Services (HHS) is urging health care systems to prepare for the impact of climate change and future outbreaks of severe weather like the ones that ravaged parts of the nation in recent years by making their facilities as resilient as possible.
 
To help achieve that goal, HHS launched the Sustainable and Climate Resilient Health Care Facilities Initiative to provide tools and information in the form of a guide and website.
 
The initiative, part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, was launched at a White House meeting in December attended by HHS leaders and other administration officials. The leaders of several hospitals across the United States and the American Hospital Association also attended the meeting to support the initiative and to encourage other hospitals to increase resiliency at their facilities.